The Jakarta Post
Melly's Garden features Balinese-style architecture. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Hanging out with friends or colleagues is one of the best ways to relax after a hectic day at work.
Fortunately, there are many bars located around Jakarta’s offices, offering a variety of food and, of course, drinks.
Those planning to go out tonight should have a look at the list below.
Melly’s Garden offers indoor and outdoor areas, which is suitable for large groups. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Those wanting to spend time with their drinking buddies may want to check Melly’s Garden. Located on Jl. Kebon Sirih Timur, Central Jakarta, the establishment is known for its affordable drinks that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.
Featuring Balinese-style architecture, Melly’s Garden offers indoor and outdoor areas, which is suitable for big groups.
Crowd: 21 to 40 years old.
Music: Melly’s Garden’s supervisor, Yoga, told The Jakarta Post that the establishment hosted live music performances on weekdays, presenting a variety of genres, such as reggae and classic rock.
On the house: First timers are recommended to try the Balonku Ada Lima (My Five Balloons). Priced at Rp 99,000 (US$6.65), the drink was inspired by Indonesian children songs and it features five different colors, namely yellow, brown, green, blue and red. Each contain different spirits, such as vodka, gin, melon liquor, rum, tequila and triple sec.
Balonku Ada Lima is among the recommended drinks at Melly's Garden. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
In addition to Balonku Ada Lima, Melly’s Garden also serves Lihat Kebunku (Look at My Garden). The drink is also inspired by a popular children’s song and it features seven types of fruity flavor cocktails.
With regards to food, it serves local favorites such as Indomie (a popular Indonesian instant noodle brand), bebek goreng (fried duck) and sop buntut (oxtail soup) with a prices starting at Rp 25,000.
Wear: Anything you fancy.
Quirks: Melly’s Garden is known for its affordable prices. On weekends, the joint frequently offers a happy for alcoholic beverages.
Spend: Rp 150,000 for food and drink.
Bauhaus 1933 is a speakeasy-style bar. (Bauhaus 1933/File)
Bauhaus 1933 is a German-style speakeasy. The establishment’s brand manager, Sera Lumowa, said some of the furniture, such as the chandelier and bar stools, was imported directly from Berlin.
The joint opens from Wednesday to Saturday, starting at 7 p.m.
Crowd: 20 to late 30s.
Wear: Smart casual.
On the house: Bauhaus 1933’s signature cocktail is Haus No. 1. Combining cognac, cherry brandy and aromatic ume choya, the drink is suitable for those looking for a sweet concoction.
Bauhaus Platter comprises various finger foods, including mini burgers, truffle focaccia and octopus skewers. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
When it comes to food, Bauhaus 1933 specializes in finger foods. But, fret not, because portions are relatively huge, making it suitable for sharing. First timers may want to order the Bauhaus Platter, which consists of a mini burger, nachos, truffle focaccia and octopus skewers.
Quirks: Bauhaus 1933 hosts a pop-up karaoke event every Wednesday. Hosted by the popular Oom Leo Berkaraoke and Robot Smith, guests can sing their hearts out starting from 10 p.m.
On Wednesdays, the establishment offers an all-you-can-drink promotion from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Priced at Rp 275,000++ per person, guests can drink as much beer, wine, vodka, whisky and tequila as they want.
Spend: Rp 270,000++ per person.
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Cazbar is located in Kuningan, South Jakarta. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Cazbar is among the longest-standing pubs/sport bars in South Jakarta. The establishment is known as a go-to place to watch live music performances and sport matches.
Occupying a two-story building, the second floor is also available for private parties or meetings.
Crowd: 25 years and above.
Music: Top 40
Wear: No dress code.
On the house: Cazbar serves a wide variety of cocktails, including the brainwash classic, brainwash speedy, rum punch, and more.
With regards to food, Cazbar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here, guests can enjoy both traditional and international dishes, such as lontong sayur, rib eye steak and chicken tikka masala.
Cazbar changes its menu monthly, allowing guests to sample a different variety of dishes on each visit.
Quirks: Those who feel like playing games with friends can head down to the second floor to play beer pong. Available upon request, guests only need to pay for the beers.
Spend: Rp 150,000 per person.
Café de Burse
Tucked inside Equity Tower in SCBD, South Jakarta, Café de Burse opened its doors in November 2010. Since then, the establishment has become one of the most popular hangout spots for those working in the SCBD area.
Crowd: 25 years and above.
Music: Pop music. The joint also hosts live music performances every Wednesday to Saturday.
Wear: Show your style. Any fashion style is welcome.
On the house: Brainwash is among the favorite drinks at Café de Burse. However, operations manager Annisah told the Post that Jagermeister was also among the popular alcoholic drinks at the establishment.
The food menu comprises Eastern and Western delicacies, such as nasi goreng de Burse, sop buntut, spaghetti aglio olio and chicken tikka masala.
Quirks: Open from 8 a.m., Café de Burse is a convenient place for those looking for breakfast.
Spend: Rp 200,000 per person. (kes)